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England’s Ben Stokes hails his most mature performance with bat

• Stokes also claims four Bangladesh wickets
• Jonny Bairstow passes most Test runs by keeper in calender year

The more responsibility that is piled upon Ben Stokes’s shoulders, the better he plays. Fortunately for English cricket the management have long since come to this conclusion and the Durham all-rounder is repaying their faith with increasing regularity.

On Saturday, he was in barnstorming form but in a curiously clinical way. He finished with four cheap wickets, which would be the envy of any paceman on this surface. Then with England’s innings sinking in quicksand he composed a crucial 85 from 151 balls to restore his side’s ascendancy in this captivating game. Stokes has played innings with many more pyrotechnics for England, but seldom has his contribution been so vital to the balance of the match.

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